Nathan Fisher

Jewish Studies, Cognitive Science of Religion, Contemplative Studies


Nathan Fisher graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Religious Studies (Honors) in 2011. He then joined the Clinical and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Brown University where he managed the “Varieties of Contemplative Experience” study from 2012-2015. He received the Francisco J. Varela Research Award from the Mind and Life Institute in 2012 and began a PhD program in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Cognitive Science, at UCSB in the fall of 2015. He is currently a PhD candidate writing his dissertation on The Dark Nights of the Soul in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Meditative Paths. His broader research interests include: Jewish and Comparative Mysticism, Abrahamic Contemplative Traditions, Differential Diagnosis at the intersection of Spirituality and Clinical Practice, and the emerging fields of Contemplative Science.